Wednesday, 23 December 2009

'Best wishes to the brave' letter to the paper

The following letter appeared in today's Morley Observer and Advertiser:

Best wishes to the brave
Dear Sir/Madam,

We would like to wish all your readers a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.

We would also like to take this opportunity to send our best wishes to our brave servicemen and women serving in war zones overseas, as well as to their families back home.

Especially in light of the terrible news of the last week we would also like to send our deepest sympathies to the families of those whose loved ones will not be returning.

We believe it is important that they know we are thinking of them, particularly at this time of the year.

Chris Beverley

Friday, 18 December 2009

My letter regarding work on Glen Estate

The following letter appeared in the Morley paper this week:

Dear editor,

I would like to thank, if I may, the Aire Valley Homes Housing Manager and council officers for the work that has been done to improve the footpaths in a number of locations along Glen Road.

This is something that I have been requesting for some time now, as a number of tree roots were coming through the pavement and making the footpaths unsafe.

There are still a number of other locations on the estate where this is happening, however, so I will continue to do what I can to get the necessary work carried out in every location where it is needed as quickly as possible.

This is also something that the Glen Estate Tenants and Residents Association continue to campaign for and have highlighted at residents meetings and during the estate walkabouts that are carried out regularly with the housing manager.

It is clear that the constraints on public spending that are already evident and that will become even more pronounced following the general election, regardless of which party is in power, mean that councillors like myself will be forced to work twice as hard to make sure that money is spent by the council on improvements such as those described here.

Good pro-active residents groups such as the Glen residents association and a number of others in Morley and Tingley play a vital role in helping to get things done, and I believe their importance in this regard will increase in the days of relative austerity to come.

With that in mind I would like to conclude by congratulating the Glen residents association for the good work carried out during its first year of existence and I look forward to working with them and other residents groups in the coming years to help improve our local community for all local residents.

 Chris Beverley

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Green Man Letter

The following letter was printed in today's Morley Observer and Advertiser:

Dear Sir/Madam,

It was a pleasure to see so many people take part in Morley Saint George’s Day celebrations this weekend. At short notice I was able to get hold of The Green Man and bring him along to Morley on the Sunday, and he too was highly impressed with our town’s annual celebration of Englishness.

The Green Man is a truly fascinating mythological character with his roots in our distant past who has appeared in various guises throughout the ages. Once the central figure at May Day festivals all over the country, the Green Man (often ‘Jack’) was banned by the Puritans as a pagan idol who they claimed encouraged young men to take virgins into the woods. He was then later stamped out by the Victorians for his connection with drinking too much ale!

He is one of the countless characters from our nation’s mythology that have been largely forgotten over time, but events like this help to provide an opportunity for such lesser-known aspects of our culture to be enjoyed by a wider audience.

Well done to everyone who helped to make the weekend a success, not least the good folk of Morley who once again turned out in such huge numbers.

Chris Beverley


Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Ernie Wise letter

An edited down version of the following letter was printed in today's Morley Observer and Advertiser:


Dear Sir/Madam,

I had just finished reading Leeds Civic Trust’s annual report when I read of Paul Cockroft’s request (Morley Observer and Advertiser, 31st December 2008) for the trust to consider placing a blue plaque outside the New Pavilion in Morley.

I think this is a fantastic idea and I have written to this organisation myself in support of the idea. I have also offered my assistance with financing the project. I am sure that it would be of great benefit to the local area for such a plaque to be placed at this or perhaps another local site (it has been suggested that a blue plaque could be situated in East Ardsley, possibly by the Railway pub, opposite the street where Ernie grew up).

No doubt there will be much discussion about the exact location of such a plaque, but the basic idea is certainly a good one. I am sure that this would add to the already considerable historical interest in our town and its surrounding area.

As well as individual memberships, Leeds Civic Trust encourages local societies and residents associations to affiliate themselves with the trust. It may be that some of Morley’s various community groups would be interested in such an affiliation. If so, more information about this can be obtained by visiting or by writing to Leeds Civic Trust, Leeds Heritage & Design Centre, 17/19 Wharf Street, Leeds, LS2 7EQ. (Tel. 0113 243 9594).

Chris Beverley